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Gazprom Begins Production at Badra


By Patrick M Schmidt.

The Iraqi Ministry of Oil has announced that Gazprom Neft, a division of the Russian state-owned Gazprom, had begun production at Badra oilfield in the eastern province of Wasit.

Oil flow from Badra has started on Monday to fill the oilfield storages in preparing to feed the export,” said Ministry of Oil spokesman Asim Jihad.

Badra is expected to average 15,000 barrels of oil per day in the short term, but experts suggest its production figures could rise to 170,000 barrels of oil per day by 2017.

(Source: Reuters)

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Gazprom Neft Begins Production at Badra


On 31 May, Gazprom Neft began production at the Badra oilfield in Iraq.

The central gathering station (CGS) is currently undergoing complex testing of its crude oil processing system. Testing will be completed in three months once enough oil has been accumulated for commercial production to begin. The Badra field will then be ready to reach planned production levels of 15 thousand barrels per day.

The Badra oil field is located in Wasit Province in Eastern Iraq

New infrastructure for the field’s commercial development has been put in place. The CGS’s first line has been constructed with a capacity of 60 thousand barrels per day and in March 2014 the Badra field was connected to the 165–kilometre-long main Iraqi oil pipeline system.

Production in the field will reach its peak of 170 thousand barrels per day (around 8.5 million tonnes per year) in 2017 and then remain the same for a period of 7 years.

Vadim Yakovlev, First Deputy CEO of Gazprom Neft said:

Development at the Badra field is one of Gazprom Neft’s first international assets in oil production. We launched this project from scratch and over a short period of time have completed all of the complex work necessary for the industrial development of the Badra field.

“The experience of being an operator on this project has further strengthened Gazprom Neft’s expertise, which will contribute to work on other new projects, for example in the Near East and other regions where the company is exploring opportunities for further development.

(Source: Gazprom Neft)

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Iran Announce Work at Azar-Badra Field


By John Lee.

Iran have announced that drilling will begin next year at the Azar oil field, which is known as Badra on the Iraqi side of the border. On the Iraqi side, Badra is operated by Gazprom Neft.

Saying that initial activity should yield some 30,000 bpd with a later target of 65,000 bpd, the work will be done by an Iranian consortium after a deal with CNPC fell through and the Iranians accused the Chinese company of “dragging their feet.”

On both sides of the border the shared oil field has some 400 million barrels of recoverable reserves. It is one of 3 oil fields that straddle the border and are jointly shared by the two countries, the others being Yadavaran and Azadegan.

(Source: UPI)

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Stirling Group Trains Young Iraqi Firemen


August 2013 saw the start of a new recruitment drive in the south-eastern Wassit Province, when Health, Safety, Security and Environment service provider, Stirling Group, was contracted to recruit, train and run a dedicated Fire Service to the Gazprom-operated Badra oil field.

Over 400 local Iraqis between the age of 18 and 30 were chosen to take part in assessment centres in Al Kut in order to gain a place on the intensive fire-fighting training programme, beginning in Iraq and completing at the specialist, Fire Service College at Moreton-in-Marsh, UK.

The assessment centres tested applicants’ IQ, Arabic literacy and physical aptitude, with an accompanying interview with their future Fire-Fighting instructors. This recruitment process ensured that the recruits were committed to learning the essential skills required to become a qualified fire fighter.

The successful 69 trainees then began their basic fire and English language training in Iraq, whilst their UK visas were under process. The in-country training was conducted by their Fire Team leaders, who are a mixture of expatriate and bilingual professional fire fighters. This core team also accompany the trainees throughout their training in the UK and will be employed as management for the dedicated Fire Service to the Badra Field.

The group of instructors and trainees have formed a strong bond given the intensive nature of the training programme and the uniqueness of the opportunity. For many of the trainees their flight to the UK was their first journey out of Iraq and, indeed, on a plane, which made for an interesting flight from the Middle East to Great Britain in December.

The trainees were then chaperoned to the Fire Service College, which would be their home until March 2014. During this time, trainees receive a monthly salary upon successful completion of their training, which will increase when they become full-time fire-fighters on back in Iraq.

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Gazprom Connects Badra to Main Pipeline


Gazprom Neft has completed laying, testing and connecting a 165 km oil pipeline from the Badra field, which the Company operates in Iraq, to the Gharraf oilfield (Nasiriyah district, Iraq).

With infrastructure already in place at Gharraf, completion of the pipeline from Badra means that the field is now connected to the main Iraqi pipeline system.

The new infrastructure for transporting raw materials from Badra has the capacity to transport 204,000 barrels per day, around 10 million tonnes per year, and can now supply oil to the export terminal at the city of Basra.

The Badra-Gharraf pipeline has two underwater transits, including one crossing the river Tigris, and passes over dozens of canals and irrigation systems. For increased operating security, a system to detect leaks and shut off damaged sections and a power supply system running on solar cells will work along the entire length of the pipleline.

Automated systems ensure constant monitoring of the oil transit and real-time management of the pipeline from the Badra field. Gazprom Neft has successfully completed hydrodynamic testing of all sections of the pipeline and the system has been checked for robustness and integrity.

Gazprom Neft produced its first oil at Badra in December 2013 as part of operating tests on well BD4. Work is currently continuing at the site to develop the infrastructure necessary to launch production, which is scheduled for the first half of 2014.

The construction of a central gathering station (CGS) with a capacity of 170,000 barrels per day is under way. The first CGS line will be coming into operation imminently, with a capacity of 60,000 barrels per day. Work has also started on a complex gas treatment plant (UKPG) with the capacity to handle some 1.5 billion cubic metres per year.

(Source: Gazprom Neft)

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Gazprom Raises Cost Estimate For Iraq Field


Russia’s Gazprom Neft has increased its estimated costs for the Badra oil field to about US $3 billion, reports Bloomberg, citing a bond prospectus recently issued by its parent company.

The company had previously forecast costs at about $2 billion.

The field is being developed by Gazprom as lead partner (30% stake), along with Korea’s KOGAS (22.5%), Malaysia’s Petronas (15%), Turkey’s TPAO (7.5%), and Iraq (25%).

The group is planning to produce 170,000 bpd from the field by 2017, earning a fee of $5.50 a barrel over the 20-year span of the contract.

(Source: Bloomberg)

(Picture: Drilling at Badra — Gazprom)

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Bristol VMD Delivers Emergency Vehicles to Iraq


Abu Dhabi’s Bristol Vehicle Manufacturing Division (Bristol VMD) has announced it has rolled out seven new fire-fighting and emergency response vehicles as part of a multimillion-dollar contract with Russia’s Gazprom Neft.

ConstructionWeekOnline reports that the new fleet of vehicles – five oilfield fire-fighting vehicles, one rescuer and pollution-control vehicle, and a water and foam support trailer — will be deployed at the Badra oilfield project.

Bristol VMD is a subsidiary of Concorde Corodex Group (CCG), which is itself part of the MH Al Mana Group of companies. Despite the fact that the contract was only penned in December 2013, the manufacturer’s senior executives have revealed that all seven vehicles have already been delivered to the Badra oilfield.

(Source: ConstructionWeekOnline)

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Gazprom Neft Produces First Oil at Badra


By John Lee.

Gazprom Neft, operator of the Badra oilfield, has reported the successful completion of well-testing at its BD4 appraisal well at the end of December, 2013.

Potential production capacity was tested through the sequential testing of six drilled strata, followed by final testing of all pay horizons concurrently. A daily natural flow rate of 7,000 barrels of oil was recorded.

Testing continues at two other drilled wells within the same field. 2014 will also see work begin on the drilling of six production wells under the company’s contract with China’s ZPEC.

The infrastructure necessary to bring the field into commercial production in 2014 is also nearing completion. Work also continues on the construction of a 170,000 bpd central gathering facility: the first line of which, with a capacity of 60,000 bpd, will come on-stream in the near future. Preparations for the construction of a 1.5 million cubic meter annual capacity gas conversion plant are also underway and work to connect the field to Iraq’s main pipeline network is also nearing completion.

Vadim Yakovlev, First Deputy CEO of Gazprom Neft commented:

With well testing completed we are one step closer to beginning commercial production at the Badra field. Since beginning development — practically from scratch — just three years ago, a Gazprom Neft-led consortium has completed a major project in establishing all the facilities necessary for large-scale production at Badra, and this will begin as early as this year.

(Source: Gazprom Neft)

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